Thonga Beach Lodge

KwaZulu Natal

Rooms: 12: 10 twins, 2 doubles, all with bath & sh’r, air-con, mosquito nets & sea or forest view. Luxury rooms have plunge pool, 3 family suites; 2 king size/twin rooms, both en-suite.

Prices: R3,200 - R4,950 pp sharing. Includes all meals, guided snorkelling, guided walks & kayaking. Spa treatments & scuba prices available on request.
* Special rates available
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Meals: Full board.

Directions: From Durban take the N2 north to Hluhluwe and then follow signs to Kosi Bay (Kwa-Ngwanase). 30km beyond Mbazwana follow signs right to Coastal Forest Reserve. Thonga car park (and lodge pick-up point) is now located at Coastal Cashew factory, 4.7km from tar rd. For 4x4 vehicles you will have to go 32km on along sandy road.

GPS: S27 19.771 E032 45.027

Paige and Brett Gehren
Isibindi Africa Lodges, Mabibi, Isimangaliso Wetland Park, KwaZulu Natal

Tel: (0)35-474-1473
Cell: (0)82-322-1642
Fax: (0)35-474-1490
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I had been eagerly looking forward to my visit to Thonga Beach Lodge since before I had even left Cape Town. I knew it would be great because all the Gehrens’ places are (see Isibindi Zulu Lodge, Kosi Forest Lodge and Rhino Walking Safaris) but I didn’t expect it to be QUITE so beautiful! Thonga Beach is sandwiched between forested dunes and ocean, an hour’s sandy drive and 4x4 trail from the nearest tar road. Huts are connected by snaking, wooden walkways and in each a huge mosquito net hangs from high rafters, separating the bed from the bathroom, a design marvel in itself. One single piece of sculpted concrete flows past glass-bowl sinks and chrome taps into an oval bath. After unpacking, I took a quick dip in the sea before being whisked out for a breath-taking sundowner on Lake Sibaya. An elegant supper followed and my perfectly light fish accompanied by a soft white wine sent me to my hut for a long, much-needed sleep. Come morning, I was raring to go for a sunrise stroll. The sky was a soft pink, the surf breaking onto footprint-free sand and, looking back to the lodge, I could just make out the thatched tops of each rounded room, twelve in all, poking out through milkwood brush. This is as luxurious and romantic a destination as you’ll find anywhere, but it’s super-relaxed too. All staff are hugely friendly, the birding, diving, walking and wildlife are superb and – a rare bonus – it’s majority community-owned so your pennies help support the local economy.

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Thonga Beach Lodge
Dining Deck
Deluxe Ocean View Suite Lapa Lounge
Deluxe Ocean View 2nd bedroom
Deluxe Ocean View Main Bathroom
Deluxe Ocean View private plunge pool
Beach
Pub
PADI Dive Centre
Excellent cuisine
Sunset over Lake Sibaya

Extra Information from the Owners

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Current Special Rates

Please make it known to your host that you are applying for this discount because you have found it on the Greenwood Guides website.

Pay for 3 nights and stay for 4
Valid May and June 2017
Terms and Conditions apply.


What to Do in the Area

Thonga Beach Lodge opens after extensive renovations

A brand new Deluxe Ocean View Suite which enjoys total privacy set amongst huge Coastal Milkwood trees with an outdoor lapa-lounge, private plunge pool set on an expansive deck with superb ocean views. This suite consists of 2 bedrooms both en-suite; main bedroom (double) has open-plan en-suite bathroom with double vanity, bath, separate shower and toilet. The second room (twin) has separate shower, vanity and toilet. Ideal for families or 2 singles travelling together or those couples who want space and privacy.

The honeymoon suite now has its own deck and plunge pool with stunning views of the ocean.

A new lounge with WI-FI has been added to enable guests to keep in touch while escaping reality at Thonga.

SCUBA diving training can be done in the additional swimming pool which has been built to 2.7metres for this specific purpose.

2 Forest View family suites comprising 2 bedrooms each with their own ensuite bathrooms are now available for families and singles travelling together.

To comply with new marine environmental regulations a new boat with 2x4 stroke engines has been launched to accommodate SCUBA diving, snorkelling and ocean safaris